Pinellas students win statewide academic challenge
Six Pinellas high school students returned to school Monday as champions of the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge held over the weekend at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
The students battled against districts with the highest student populations in the state to answer questions from a range of subjects: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, French, Spanish, physical education, health, and technology -- all of which are written by high school educators throughout the state. Pinellas edged out Collier County to win the Division 1 championship.
The Pinellas team was made up by seniors Jackson Gillette and Ethan Daniel from Largo High, seniors Chris Eschler and Logan Grutchfield from Palm Harbor University High, senior Michael Fulton from East Lake High and junior Andrew Whigham from Seminole High. The team was coached by Scott Kaplan of Largo High and Britt Moseley of Seminole High.
Each student received a Florida High School Athletic Association medal and a $500 scholarship. Grutchfield earned a spot on the All Florida team and received an additional $1,000 scholarship.
The annual challenge has been held every year since 1986. Martin County won the Division 2 competition and Walton County took home the title for Division 3. A total of 39 counties competed.